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Technology is moving at a breakneck speed. As marketers, we're working to stay ahead of the changes. The line between digital and physical interactions is blurring and, to reach your customers, staying on top of all-things-digital is a must. Agility and speed are necessities for marketing teams and organizations when facing the digital blur.

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We’re bringing world-class, industry-leading speakers to Columbus to share insights and actionable information on how to work with the digital blur. Get to know our Interact17 speakers:

Over the past 15 years, Andy has provided web strategy and advice to more than a thousand businesses. As a top-rated speaker at national conferences and as a writer for many of the biggest blogs, Andy has dedicated himself to the teaching of marketing.

Andy Crestodina Orbit Media

Annie Cushing is the Chief Data Officer for Outspoken Media and founder of Annielytics. Her areas of focus are SEO, analytics, and data collection and analysis. Annie lives to make data sexy — and teach other marketers how to do the same.

Annie Cushing Annielytics

Tim Hwang is Public Policy Counsel for Artificial Intelligence at Google and Executive Director at the Gemini Institute, a think tank dedicated to charting the post-Millennial generation and the forces shaping its future. Dubbed “The Busiest Man on the Internet” by Forbes Magazine, he was named as one of their “30 Under 30” for Law & Policy in 2014.

Tim Hwang Google/Gemini Institute

For the last 14 years, Sudip has worked in digital marketing for Coca-Cola and LexisNexis. Sudip was born and educated in India and Australia where he worked extensively in the global arena in marketing before deciding to move to the US with LexisNexis as Director of Global Web Technology. Sudip is passionate about people and capitalizing on synergies that exist between marketing and the ever changing landscape of technology.

Sudip Chaunduri Lexis Nexis

Jeff spent 9 years at Microsoft, primarily as an evangelist for any new development technology he could get his hands on. Today, he works on the Amazon Alexa team helping developers make Alexa even smarter. Jeff has spoken at conferences all over the world, including London, Munich and New York.

Jeff Blankenburg Amazon

As Content Innovation Lead at Salesforce, Heike seeks to inspire Salesforce customers with content that helps them do their jobs better. She hosts Salesforce's award-winning podcast, the Marketing Cloudcast, and manages content creation and strategy for e-books, blogs, and interactive websites.

Heike Young Salesforce

Adam has over a decade of digital experience grounded in uncovering user and business insights that can drive creation of meaningful products and experiences. His expertise has been leveraged by everyone from startups to global organizations in strategically building brands, content, campaigns, sites, software and apps.

Adam Deardurff Cardinal Solutions

John specializes in building and positioning brands with fresh ideas and effective strategies that are rooted in thorough research, drive home unique value propositions, and capture market share. One that delivers on its promises, inspires loyalty, and clears a path to future success.

John Fimiani Upward Brand Interactions

Daniel takes a systemic, strategic approach to solving digital design problems. From warehouse optimization to cars of the future, Daniel illustrates the adaptability of his techniques. At Moment, he has led workshops in tech education and designed products and tools used in retail banking and healthcare.

Daniel Orbach Moment

Mary Garrick leads the Upward brand communications team and is responsible for developing and implementing strategic communications initiatives, including content development, content strategy, traditional and social media tactics, new product launches and crisis communications.

Mary Garrick Upward Brand Interactions

Carlos Gil is an Entrepreneur, Brand Marketing Executive, Start-up Founder and Public Speaker with 8+ years leading social media marketing and strategy for global brands including LinkedIn, Save-A-Lot, and Winn-Dixie. Carlos’ work has been featured by or seen in, CNNMoney, Mashable, Inc. Magazine, Social Media Examiner and is a recurring speaker at industry events such as SXSW and Social Media Marketing World.

Carlos Gil BMC Software

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  • Excellent, a day well spent! I learned some new things, and came away thinking about others differently. My creative juices were sparked. I also picked up some practical tips I can implement immediately.

  • Smart but not pretentious. High-caliber presenters, in the comfort of a no-hassle location. Well worth it!

  • Awesome event! You pulled in high quality speakers, had a great audience, and made the entire day feel fun, full of networking, and educational. Super job!



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    Monday, June 12 +
    June 13, 2017

    The Ohio Union at The Ohio State University 1739 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43210

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